Reflective Essay on Assessment and Management of Urinary Incontinence

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REFLECTIVE ESSAY ON ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF URINARY INCONTINENCE
INTRODUCTION
Incontinence is one of the major problems faced by the elderly. Nurses can play a significant role in discovering continence problems (Lea R.et.al.2007). Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is a very common problem and is thought to affect more than 50 million people in the developed world.(NHS.UK). To identify the problem and provide necessary treatment at the early stage, a thorough physical assessment is necessary. In my placement area I came across many residents using incontinence pads, urinary catheters and incontinence sheaths. I understood that, incontinence was a major problem among the elderly and it made me select
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I always tried to keep good inter personal relationship with the patient by using the different techniques of communication.
EVALUATION
Even though I felt some difficulties during the beginning, as a whole I could feel a progressive response in my patient. My mentor was there with me when I felt some problems and helped me a lot to overcome all those. She gave me more resources to manage difficult situations and it was really beneficial. I realised proper delegation of duties is necessary for a better implementation and also learned about the factors to be considered while delegating the duties and responsibilities.
ANALYSIS
Actually the experience was beneficial to me in different ways. First and foremost I could upgrade my level of knowledge. I read different journal articles and each one was a big store of new knowledge for me. I learned about the different techniques of management of urinary incontinence. I could also understand the importance of behavioural intervention in the management of incontinence. I could understand some of my weak points and my mentor helped me to improve them.
CONCLUSION
Urinary incontinence is a disease condition which not only affects the physiology of a patient but also affects his psychological status and needs a continuous assessment and evaluation. It is very clear that practice can make a difficult problem more easy and manageable.
ACTION PLAN * Maintain proper fluid balance * Assess and find out the symptoms of

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